Dallas and Fort Worth Make Progress; Suburbs, Not So Much
The results of this year’s HRC 2014 Municipal Equality Index (MEI) have been published and, for North Texas, they show a lot of progress as well as some real challenges ahead. The MEI examines the laws, policies, and services of municipalities across the country and rates them on the basis of their inclusivity of LGBT people who live and work there.
We are very pleased that Dallas scored 91 out of a possible 100 in the index, putting the city in “All-Star” status for inclusivity. Fort Worth was close behind with a score of 83! The only city in Texas to do better was Austin, which scored a perfect 100.
In recent years, both Dallas and Fort Worth have made deliberate strides to improve their scores. In fact, earlier this year, Cathryn Oakley, HRC’s legislative counsel for state and municipal advocacy, spoke to the Dallas City Council about ways that Dallas could improve its MEI scores. And the results are in!
Pleased as we are that Dallas and Fort Worth are moving forward, the MEI points out trouble in the suburbs. Irving and Mesquite both scored solid 0s in the MEI. Garland got a 10; Arlington and Grand Prairie each scored 11; McKinney got a 12 and Plano came in at 22. Needless to say, these scores are not acceptable. And it just emphasizes the need to keep working to secure equality EVERYWHERE!
If you would like to see the full report and how cities across Texas and across the country stack up, just click on the link. Just like Dallas and Fort Worth, cities nationwide consult with HRC on ways to be more inclusive of their LGBT communities. It’s just another great thing that your support enables HRC to do!